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Friday, April 20, 2018
Canada's government has pledged to help the province of Quebec cope with a growing influx of asylum seekers crossing from the United States, as officials say the province is reaching "saturation point." The federal government said this week it will review a breakdown of costs Quebec has incurred as thousands of refugee claimants arrive in need of housing and social support. Canada also said it will work to divert newcomers away from Montreal, Quebec's largest city, to... (Full Story)
Friday, April 20, 2018
The U.S. Justice Department has opened an antitrust probe into potential coordination by AT&T, Verizon and a telecommunications standards organization to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers, The New York Times reported Friday, citing six people with knowledge of the inquiry. The investigation was opened about five months ago after at least one device maker and one wireless carrier filed formal complaints with the Justice Department,... (Full Story)
Friday, April 20, 2018
Southwest is sending a letter of apology, a $5,000 check and a $1,000 travel voucher to passengers who were on a flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia following an engine explosion. Chairman Gary Kelly says in the letter that the money is to help cover any “immediate financial needs.” An engine on a Southwest jet exploded Tuesday, and debris hit the plane. Forty-three-year-old banking executive Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was fatally injured when she... (Full Story)
Friday, April 20, 2018
Among the issues pressing on the mind of French President Emmanuel Macron as he prepares for a state visit to Washington on Monday is what he describes as a "civil war" between the forces of democracy and authoritarianism in Europe.  In a recent speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Macron called on the European Union to resist the siren song of populism. "There is a fascination with the illiberal and it's growing all the... (Full Story)
Friday, April 20, 2018
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the possible talks between the United States and North Korea would not change the strong relationship the United States has with Japan. Mattis met Friday with his Japanese counterpart, Itsunori Onodera, at the Pentagon, saying, "This is a mutually beneficial alliance between two democratic nations that trust each other. Nothing is going to shake that." WATCH: Mattis on Strength of US-Japan Relationship Onodera said the... (Full Story)
Friday, April 20, 2018
The International Organization for Migration says it does not have money to protect Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, from the impending regional monsoons and cyclonic storms. Monsoon rains are expected to hit in the coming weeks, causing floods and landslides, and severe damage to the fragile structures sheltering more than 700,000 Rohingya who fled violence in neighboring Myanmar. Humanitarian agencies have been working to shore up the overcrowded refugee settlements... (Full Story)
Friday, April 20, 2018
The first group of 53 Sudanese refugees living in Chad has returned home to North Darfur more than a decade after fleeing, the U.N. refugee agency reports. The hope is that this first repatriation will trigger the voluntary return of thousands more, according to the UNHCR, which says the security situation in Darfur has greatly improved since February 2003, when rebel groups in the region began fighting the government of Sudan. That war killed tens of thousands of people and displaced... (Full Story)
Friday, April 20, 2018
The case of Edgardo Mortara has roiled Catholic-Jewish relations ever since the 6-year-old Jewish boy was taken from his home in Bologna by papal police in 1858 and brought to Rome to be raised a Catholic. The move was ordered after church authorities learned he had been secretly baptized. Church law at the time required all Catholics to be raised as Catholics and educated in the faith. Recently, the case has made headlines again after a U.S. historian, David Kertzer, found discrepancies... (Full Story)
Friday, April 20, 2018
"I like to take pictures of the people because they don't have any voice of their own. Through my photographs I can share their stories, their words to the world," Renowned Bangladeshi photographer Abir Abdullah told VOA's Satarupa Barua. Abdullah documented the Rohingya arrivals in December 2017. By year's end, more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees had arrived in Bangladesh. (Full Story)
Friday, April 20, 2018
On a hot summer day in 1978, as her husband mulled his first presidential run, Barbara Bush headed to Houston's leafy Memorial Park for a jog while she thought about what issues she'd like to focus on should she become first lady. Bush was concerned about stubborn societal problems like crime, the homeless, drugs and hunger. But as she ran, the then-53-year-old came to the realization that teaching more people to read could help decrease the other major problems, which can grow... (Full Story)
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